Should Bakers be Forced to Bake Cakes for Same Sex Weddings? - Archbishop Fisher OP



The 2015 Acton Lecture

Should a Baker be Forced to Bake Cakes for Same Sex Weddings: Democracy and the Rights and Limits of Religion and Conscience in Contemporary Australia.

How important religious liberty and freedom of conscience is in modern statecraft and nation-building? Do they foster social cohesion and mutual respect, or are they sources of division and vilification in diverse societies? Long seen as bedrock foundations of the democratic-liberal state and the common good, freedom of conscience and religion are increasingly under threat and treated with suspicion in contemporary Australia.

In reflecting on how we resolve competing claims of conscience and law, the 2015 Acton Lecture given by His Grace the Most Reverend A. Fisher, Archbishop of Sydney, will also defend the continuing importance of conscience and religious liberty in democracy today.

In Laudato Si, Pope Francis says: “True statecraft is manifest when, in difficult times, we uphold high principles and think of the long-term common good. Political powers do not find it easy to assume this duty in the work of nation-building.” [Para.178]

Media enquires: Karla Pincott | | 0411 759 934

video icon

Date: 14 October 2015

Venue: The Centre for Independent Studies

Time: 6.00pm – 7.30pm

Cost: Members* $10 I Non-Members $15

*Members are defined as Associate members and above.

Please note that all tickets are transferable but non-refundable. If you wish to transfer a ticket you must advise The Centre for Independent Studies of the name change by Friday, 9 October 2015 by emailing or calling 02 9438 4377.